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University of Miami Hospital chief to lead Jackson Memorial in April

David Zambrana, chief executive of University of Miami Hospital, will move across the street in April to lead Jackson Memorial Hospital.
David Zambrana, chief executive of University of Miami Hospital, will move across the street in April to lead Jackson Memorial Hospital. University of Miami

Job changes don’t get much more convenient than the one David Zambrana will make on April 15.

Zambrana, the chief executive of University of Miami Hospital, will move across the street to take the same position leading Jackson Memorial Hospital, the flagship of Miami-Dade’s taxpayer-owned healthcare network, Jackson Health System.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for David, who has been an extraordinary leader,” said Steven Altschuler, senior vice president for health affairs and chief executive of the University of Miami Health System, or UHealth, in a written statement announcing the move.

Zambrana, a registered nurse and doctor of nursing practice, began his healthcare career at Jackson Memorial working in cardiac surgery intensive care, trauma and pediatric intensive care. Prior to being named CEO in May 2014, he was CEO and chief nursing officer at UM Hospital.

Carlos Migoya, chief executive of Jackson Health — which includes Jackson Memorial and satellite hospitals in North Miami Beach and South Miami-Dade — noted in a written statement that Zambrana takes over the system’s main hospital at a time of big change.

Jackson Health is in the midst of a 10-year, $1.4 billion capital campaign that includes new hospitals and community clinics, medical equipment, computer systems and other upgrades intended to attract more insured patients.

“As a nurse and an executive raised right here in Miami,” Migoya said, “we know David will be a natural fit to help lead Jackson Memorial’s next chapter.”

At Jackson Memorial, Zambrana will fill a role vacated in January when the hospital’s previous CEO, Beverly Capasso, stepped down. According to Jackson Health records, Capasso earned about $192,000 in 2014.

Michael Gittleman, executive hospital administrator of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, will become interim CEO of UM Hospital.

Healthcare has become UM’s most profitable activity, generating more than half of the university’s $2.7 billion in revenues for the year ending May 31, 2015, according to audited financial statements. UHealth’s hospitals and clinics generated about $1.4 billion in operating revenues in that period.

UM bought the hospital in December 2007, spending $275 million for the 560-bed Cedars Medical Center, across the street from the 1,498-bed Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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